India ended their Asia Cup 2022 campaign on a winning note. The Men in Blue crushed Afghanistan by 101 runs to finish third in the Super 4 points table.
Rohit Sharma decided to rest himself for the match against Afghanistan on Thursday night. In his absence, KL Rahul led the Indian T20I team for the first time. Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal were also rested for this fixture.
Fans expected Afghanistan to give India a run for their money, especially after the way they almost pulled off a win against Pakistan on Wednesday night. However, the Mohammad Nabi-led outfit had an off-day in the office. Almost all Afghanistan players failed to make an impact as India cruised to a 101-run win.
Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the two heroes for India. Kohli stole the show with a fantastic ton in the first innings, while Bhuvneshwar bowled a dream spell to bag five wickets in the second innings.
On that note, here’s a look at the top five records broken by India during their win against Afghanistan.
#1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar etched his name in history books
Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped five wickets against Afghanistan (Image: Getty)
Asia Cup T20I was launched in 2016. The ongoing Asia Cup is the second edition to be played in the T20I format. Prior to the match between India and Afghanistan, no bowler had taken a five-wicket haul in an Asia Cup T20I match.
Shadab Khan held the record for the best bowling figures (4/8 against Hong Kong in 2022). Bhuvneshwar Kumar made history on Thursday night with his spell of 5/4 against Afghanistan.
#2 Virat Kohli broke Mohammad Shahzad’s 6-year-old record
Virat Kohli smashed 12 fours and 6 sixes in his 60-ball knock (Image: Getty)
The United Arab Emirates has hosted 223 T20I matches so far, the most by any nation in cricket history. Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad previously held the record for the best score in a T20I match hosted by the UAE. He scored 118 runs off 67 balls against Zimbabwe in 2016.
Virat Kohli broke his record with his unbeaten knock of 122. Kohli now owns the record for the highest individual score in a T20I in the UAE.
#3 India became the first team to touch 200-run mark in Asia Cup T20I
As mentioned ahead, Asia Cup T20I started in 2016. In 28 matches played prior to the India vs Afghanistan clash, no team had managed to touch the 200-run mark. The highest team total was 193/2 scored by Pakistan against Hong Kong earlier this month.
India broke Pakistan’s record with their total of 212/2 in 20 overs against Afghanistan on Thursday in the Asia Cup 2022.
#4 Virat Kohli broke Sanath Jayasuriya and Shoaib Malik’s record
Virat Kohli won the Man of the Match award in the Asia Cup 2022 match against Afghanistan. It was his sixth award in Asia Cup matches.
Virat is now the new owner of the record for most Man of the Match awards in Asia Cup history. He surpassed Sanath Jayasuriya and Shoaib Malik, who have won five each.
#5 Bhuvneshwar Kumar created a world record in Asia Cup 2022
Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismantled the Afghanistan top order in Asia Cup 2022 (Image: Getty)
Former Pakistan speedster Umar Gul, who is now Afghanistan’s bowling coach, held the record for the least runs conceded by a fast bowler in a T20I innings where he took a five-wicket haul. Gul bowled a spell of 5/6 against New Zealand in 2009 and South Africa in 2013.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar broke his record with a spell of 5/4 against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022. Among full member teams, Kumar is the only pacer to concede less than five runs in a T20I innings, where he took five wickets.